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Lyndon B. Johnson Space Center
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Biographical Data

NAME: Roberto Vittori
ESA Astronaut (Mission Specialist Candidate)

Born October 15, 1964 in Viterbo, Italy. He is married to the former Valeria Nardi of Citta’ di Castello, Italy. They have two children. He enjoys soccer, running and swimming.

Graduated from the Italian Air Force Academy in 1989.

Academic award at the Undergraduate Pilot Training, Reese Air Force Base, Texas; Honor student at the Test Pilot School, Patuxent River, Maryland; Honor student at the United States Flight Safety School, Kirtland Air Force Base, New Mexico.

Graduated in 1989 from the Undergraduate Pilot Training, Reese Air Force Base, Texas, he flew operationally Tornado GR1 with the 155? Squadron, 50? Wing, Piacenza, Italy. Graduated from the U.S. Navy Test Pilot School in 1995, he served at the Italian Test Center as project pilot for the development of the new European aircraft, the EF2000. From 1996 he was national representative in the Beyond Visual Range Air-to-Air Missile (BVRAAM) research and development program. Graduated in 1997 from the U.S. Air Force Flight Safety School, he occupied the position of wing Flight Safety Officer at the Italian Test Center. He was a teacher of aerodynamics at the Accident Investigation Course of the Italian Air Force. He has logged over 1700 hours in over 40 different aircraft to include F-104, Tornado GR1, F-18, AMX, M-2000, G-222 and P-180.

In August 1998, he reported to the Johnson Space Center, Houston, Texas. He will attend Astronaut Candidate Training which includes orientation briefings and tours, numerous scientific and technical briefings, intensive instruction in Shuttle and International Space Station systems, physiological training and ground school to prepare for T-38 flight training, as well as learning water and wilderness survival techniques. Following a period of training and evaluation, Vittori will receive technical assignments within the Astronaut Office before being assigned to a space flight.

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